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May 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Video: “Bill Gates 2.0” on ending diseases, saving kids, Leonardo and Jobs

He didn’t get the full hour, but Bill Gates was the highlight of last night’s episode of “60 Minutes.”

The CBS news show presented a wide-ranging feature on Gates and his role as the world’s most generous philanthropist, with footage from Africa to Seattle and candid interviews with Bill and Melinda Gates and Bill Gates Sr., mostly covering ways the foundation they run is working to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.



Comments | Topics: Bill Gates, Billionaire techies, Intellectual Ventures

May 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

D10: Nathan Myhrvold defends patent hoarding

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Former Microsoft research chief Nathan Myhrvold defended the huge business he’s built collecting and enforcing patents. Myhrvold was interviewed at the All Things D conference by co-host Walt Mossberg. Mossberg grilled Myhrvold (right) over whether aggressive patent licensing is stifling innovation and whether the current system is broken. “If the people who…


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July 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Venture backed by Bill Gates sues chip giants, PC industry

Talk about biting the hand that fed you. Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures — the patent licensing company led by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold and backed by Bill Gates — is suing two of the largest memory chip makers and most of the world’s major PC companies. Intellectual Ventures is seeking royalties from chipmakers Hynix and Elpida, plus…


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January 14, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Reorg at Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures, new president

Bellevue patent licensing and research outfit Intellectual Ventures is shuffling its management a bit, with co-founder Edward Jung passing management duties to a newcomer. Jung, a former Microsoft chief architect who started Intellectual Ventures with ex Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, is resuming his role as chief technology officer for IV. The company hired Adriane Brown as its…


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